The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Anthony K.R. Gibson

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Indianapolis, IN

Sponsor: Rep. Andre Carson, (D-IN)
Date of Prayer: 11/14/2017

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. CARSON of Indiana. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to welcome my constituent as our guest chaplain today, Reverend Dr. Anthony Gibson. He is a lifelong Hoosier and a bright young leader from Indiana's faith community.

Reverend Gibson is the presiding elder of the Indiana Conference of
the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the former pastor of
the Saint Mark Temple AME Zion Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. The AME Zion Church is a 221–year–old denomination founded in New York City in 1796 that spread across the country, including the Indiana church that was established in 1907.
Dr. Gibson was born in Gary, Indiana. He later attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he completed a double major in journalism and African–American Studies. He furthered his education at
the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, with a master's of divinity degree, and he earned his doctorate of philosophy in theology from Trinity Bible College and Seminary. He most recently graduated from Strayer University with a master's degree in human resource management, with a specialization in organizational development.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank Reverend Dr. Gibson for his
willingness to travel to Washington, D.C., to share his spiritual love
and guidance with the House today.

I pray, Mr. Speaker, that his words warm the hearts of my colleagues
as we work together to carry out the people's business with compassion
and courage.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

On this day and before this august body, we pause to prayerfully acknowledge Your presence in this place as the living God. There is none like You. Your dominion will never recess, and Your will will never end.

On this day, O God, saturate this place with Your presence and fill this House with Your spirit. You have not given us the spirit of fear. You have given us the spirit of love, the spirit of compassionate authority, and the spirit of godly judgment.

Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of our elected officials. Let everything done in this Chamber be for Your glory and for Your praise. We bless You in advance for the mercy and truth that will permeate from this House on this day and reach all areas of these United States and, indeed, the uttermost parts of the world.

In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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